How did I miss these fantastic cartoons?,
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This review is from: The Essential Calvin And Hobbes: Calvin & Hobbes Series: Book Three: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury (Calvin and Hobbes Series) (Paperback)I have seen these cartoons in newspapers over the years but seeing them collected in one volume allows you to get to know Calvin and Hobbes and their circle very well.
I have had a wonderful time going through these cartoons and have found the experience quite addictive. Until recently, I had not realised that the Calvin's name was derived from the Protestant reformer, Jean Calvin and Hobbes's name from the English philosopher, Thomas Hobbes. Whether you can see them reflecting their namesakes' philosophies in the strips is debatable but you are aware from their conversations that Bill Watterson is of a philosophical bent. It is also very funny and beautifully observed.
Calvin has an amazing imagination and he gets into lots of scrapes through exercising it. He is also highly articulate - far more than most 6 year olds. Hobbes is clearly a figment of his imagination and he endows him with a full 3 dimensional personality. It is a tribute to the cartoonist's skill that when Hobbes is seen by anyone except Calvin, he reverts to a featureless (but cute) stuffed animal.
The other characters are also interesting. As a parent, I find Calvin's dad easy to relate to; I don't think he often gets the better of his son though.
I am excited to learn that this book represents the first strips and that subsequent books contain later work. I am definitely going to explore other books of Calvin & Hobbes cartoons.
The Essential Calvin And Hobbes: Calvin & Hobbes Series: Book Three: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury (Calvin and Hobbes Series)(16 customer reviews)